September 1, 2000
September 4, 2000
now I'm feeling: pretty good
now I'm listening to: S.E.S
trio of Korean teenagers is now very popular in Japan
and are definitely a part of the J-Pop genre.
you want to see some oh-so-exciting pictures of opening/closing
ceremonies, look HERE.
of the Day:
Be the first person to email and tell me who said
the above famous quote(s) (possibly from a movie,
television show, song lyric, or famous quotation)
and be the lucky recipient of this kick-ass postcard!!
A:"In a nutshell, I hate
my brother. How's that?"
B: "That's cool. Did you
blow him away or something?"
That's right! You too can look ultra-cool to all your
friends by brandishing exotic postcards on your bulletin
boards, refrigerator or bedroom wall! Just email me
hotmail address and tell me who said it and where
it's from (if it's from a movie, song, or television
show) and in one week you'll have a personal message
from the Land of the Rising Sun!
The postcard ---
First correct answer given by Jasmine
Quote from "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"
August 6, 1945, the first atomic weapon was detonated
580 meters above the city of Hiroshima. A remnant of
the destruction caused by the blast and now a symbol
for peace, the "A-Bomb Dome" stands near Peace
Park as a reminder of that fateful day.
night I dreamt: that a bunch of hooligans were rollerblading
on my roof. It was crazy. It makes even less sense when
you consider that I live on the second floor of a four
story building. It seemed a little too real... I was in
my bed trying to get some sleep. In fact, it seemed like
they had waken me up skating and shouting. It was really
annoying and I considered calling the police, but then
the skating stopped and I saw flashing lights from behind
my curtains and shouting adults.
of the Day: Tails
from the Woods. A journal I've been reading lately.
She just changed her design (Just like me!) and she
is the first person to use my name and "celebrity"
in the same sentence!
A graphic artist and a web designer, check out some
of her beautiful pictures here
more commonly referred to as "work".
Going back to work after six weeks of doing nearly nothing
is not going to be easy.
time we get a warm-up for our re-introduction to the grindstone.
School starts on a Friday and the first day is always opening
ceremony. I'm torn. I can't decide whether I like
or hate the fact that school starts after vacation on a FRIDAY.
And Opening ceremony…. Such a non-day. Get all dressed up
for the first day, trek there and back again, for an opening
ceremony. An hour of sitting inside the teachers' room reading
at my desk and one hour inside the stuffy gymnasium. I guess
it's important. Many students are presented with awards and
recognitions for academic or sports achievements. This year,
Isao is particularly proud of it's handball (or was it
table-tennis?) team, which wins the city championship
every year. So that's pretty cool. I was never really into
sports when I was in school so I don't really know what it's
the ceremony, I sat in the teachers' room for a while, and
at about 11 or so I was about to leave, but then Kiyoko and
Hitomi (Isao's contestants for the English speech contest)
came to my desk and asked me to help them practice. I was
really, really tired, but was at the point where you're just
too tired to care anymore, so I gave them some help and tried
something different about the way I coached them. I usually
coach them separately, and because most of the other English
teachers are too "busy" to help, one of them practices
by herself while I help the other (I think they prefer
it that way so they don't have to be "criticized"
in front of a friend). But today I did them both at the
same time and it was so much better. I got them to help each
other with their pronunciation without feeling shown up. It
Pants on Fire!
friend of mine emailed me today and told me that my website
was full of lies.
everyone hear that?
My website is a sham.
A collection of stereotypes and fictitious events which don't
even come close to grasping the true cultural richness that
sayeth one of my long-time Japanese friends residing in Tokyo.
I emailed Mariko a couple of days ago as part of a plan to
get in touch with some long-lost friends and my signature
with my web-address was at the bottom of the email. Most of
her reply was friendly chat and banter, but she summed up
her thoughts about my web page with a "P.S." that
internet site is very interesting,
but many lies are there in your comments!!"
Well, the truth hurts, neh? Haha! I try to avoid Japan-bashing
as much as I can, but sometimes.. well… I just GOTTA.
How else can my excessively sarcastic American spirit find
release? But with the whole Aya thing going on, I guess
I've been at it too much lately.
worry, Mariko, I'll try to chill out.
of Japanese webbers, I found out today through my access logs
that my site was accessed via a Japanese search engine.
is a big problem. If this one person found it, my teachers
or students could also find it using the same Japanese search
engine (or perhaps another! GASP!!). It is ranked #4
for J-Pop (God only knows why it's ranked so highly, I only
have a few J-Pop tunes on here). It helps that the average
Japanese person is as afraid of the internet (and computers
in general) as he is of the Shinto god of fire and destruction
appearing right before his eyes and taking him into the nether-world
for 1,001 years of torture (listening to Japanese enka,
it doesn't get worse than that), but it could happen.
Most (including some of the English teachers) don't know enough
English to know exactly what I'm talking about, but if it
gets out that I talk smack about my job or God-forbid, Japan….
Well, the odds of them finding it are pretty slim, but they're
night I slept pretty wretchedly. I laid in bed until sunrise
trying to sleep. I tried to meditate, but I just couldn't
get myself centered. I tried to find a boring book to read
(people often say that that helps), but then I came
to the realization that I have no boring books.
Honest. I buy a book because It's by an author I like or it's
been recommended by a friend, and they're usually good. And
I usually get quite involved in a book once I start, so reading's
no good. As a last resort I cracked open my Japanese book
and Gardiner's Egyptian Grammar, but even those I found stimulating
(especially the second text). So I laid there. When
I saw the sun come up, I knew I was in trouble for that day.
Yeah, yeah, I've been going to sleep really late (or early
in the morning) during vacation, but for the past couple of
days I've had no problem getting to sleep.
Not to worry,
I'll get back on track soon.